Guatemala City Travel Guide

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Guatemala City Things to Do

  • Parque Central

    Parque Central is located in the center of government and the old colonial city. It is surrounded by the cathedral, the National Palace and the national library.

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  • Metropolitan Cathedral. Interior.

    The interior of the cathedral built in the form of a Latin cross with five naves and two main shrines, contains many works of colonial art which were transported from the ancient capital of Santiago de los Caballeros (Antigua) after the city was destroyed by an earthquake . Along the central nave are fourteen paintings of Mexican artist Pedro...

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  • Iglesia Evangelica Central.

    The First Presbyterian Church in Guatemala, was founded in 1882, is located on a street behind the National Palace.

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  • Biblioteca Nacional. Relief detail.

    I love the work of Efrain Recinos a muralist, sculptor, engineer and architect, who among many other buildings designed the National Theatre in Guatemala City, so i specially liked this relief depicting a woman located in front of the National Library.

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  • Biblioteca Nacional

    Located in a large rationalist building in the central city park, the library has been moved several times at different locations due to earthquakes. It was finally located in this place in September 1957, it is worth the visit just to see the abstract concrete reliefs on the facade work of Guatemalan Artist Efraín Recinos. The building contains...

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  • Archbishop´s Palace.

    North of the Cathedral is the Archbishop's Palace, built between 1706 and 1711, which retains only the entrance gate and the stone frames of the doors of the west front with their coats of arms. Originally the building had two levels and a gallery that overlooked the square. It is an interesting visit, but you have to ask permission to enter.

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Guatemala City Restaurants

  • Excellent Atmosphere with good artisnal...

    L'Osteria is a quaint and unique restaurant in located in the trendy Zona 10 section of Guatemala City. As I passed the gurgling fountain along board walkways, I opened the door and I was confused because it led into a very small room that was blacked out with dark curtains. With a swipe of your hand to pull the curtains aside you see the nice...

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  • Good old new restaurant

    Restaurante Saúl is an interesting new little restauran part of the Saúl E. Méndez chain. There is a fascinating mix of international cuisine. The food is wonderful and they have incorporated an interesting added value of asking you your name when you arrive and thereafter always address you by name. So far my favorite dish is the Pork chop. I...

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  • Good Steaks

    This is a great steakhouse with a great location.....it{s next to the American Embassy in the trendy Zona 10 section of town. The portions of food were great and the prices were excellent by Central American standards..... La Parillada....a plate combination o steak, susages, different cuts of beef.

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  • Vastly Improved

    I have been going to Tre Fratelli for a long time (several years now) and recently I noticed that the quality of the dishes at the Fonta Bella (Z. 10) location are absolutely amazing!! They're colorful, fresh and absolutely delicious! By far my favorite is the Salmon. It has a white sauce with asparagus and is on top of some spinach. The flavors...

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  • Chicken

    Chicken seems to be the universal fast food language. In Guatemala, Pollolandia is one of the major chains of quick fried chicken.

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  • BEST Pizza, BBQ and Live Music

    Incredible pizza and the best BBQ I've ever had. The ambience is very cozy, they have a pool table and live music Thursdays thru Saturday nights. On Wednesday nights they have Karaoke and a great deal on beer buckets and delicious BBQ chicken wings. Tuesday nights they have an all you can eat pizza and chicken wings and we got the first beer...

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Guatemala City Nightlife

  • 4 Grados Norte

    Cuatro Grados Norte is like a huge pedestrian precinct, located in Guate's Zona 4. You can find an awful lot of restaurants, nightclubs and bars here, amongst many cultural and other recreative offers. It's in a secure area, where you can stroll around and meet a whole lot of people.

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  • Bacabes Bar

    Formerly known as El Tiempo, this bar is one of the oldest in the Passage, live Trova and Latin music, it´s owned by a nice lady Zeidi. Crowded on week-ends is my favorite bar in the area.

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  • Local nightlife spot

    Zona Viva is the local hangout spot for nightlife. That is, unless you show up on holy week, the area is clear as shown in the picture. It has dozens of restaurants and night club choices.

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  • Las Cien Puertas (The Hundred Doors)

    This old bar is located in the Pasaje Aycinena in zone 1, very close to the Parque Central. It´ a nice bar very cheap and bohemian and is always crowded, decorated with graffiti´s from the visitors and pictures of famous revolucionaries. Good Beers and Mojitos, also serves typical food.

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  • Bohemian Nights.

    This Passage located in zone 1 near the Main Plaza, is an old colonial structure with some bars and restaurants. If you´re into the bohemian mood this place is for you. Some of the bars offers Live Music, and is a meeting place for the Ngo´s and collegue students community.The most famous bars in the area are the Cien Puertas, Bacabes (formerly...

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  • La Luna.

    This bar located in the second floor of the Passage, is a good option if you like Latin American Trova music, the owner of the bar is the singer (Peluca).

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Guatemala City Transportation

  • Flight between Guatemala City &Tikal

    Flights heading for Tikal leave from both International (TACA and Tikal Airlines) and National (the rest) airports. Departures are commonly early in the morning 6-7am and just over an hour if I remember correctly, which I may not... Return flights are late in the afternoon/early evening 4-6pm. The airport at Tikal is actually a few kilometers...

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  • Van from GUA Antigua Pana to San...

    Yes, you can do it, we did it--very common. You can take a shuttle van (or taxi)from GUA to Antigua, then catch another shuttle van to San Cristobal. It is a long journey (full day) but it is done fairly efficiently. The van drivers help you at the border and turn you over to the next van driver, depending upon destination. When we left Antigua we...

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  • Flying instead of busing

    Guatemala City is the largest in the country of Guatemala and a natural transport hub. It serves almost every point in the land by plane or bus. Tikal is a major point of interest but quite far and separated by treacherous terrain. The bus option is long and I presume painful one while the airplane one is fast and enjoyable. 45 min are required to...

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Guatemala City Shopping

  • Local handicraft market

    Guatemala City's main market is located just off Parque Central behind the Cathedral. It spills over from its building into the surrounding streets

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  • Modern Shopping Mall

    At the Avenida Diagonal 12 (the mainroad from the city centre towards Antigua) you will find one of the newest and most modern shopping centres of the city. You will feel completely somewhere else then the quite poor and old city that Guatemala really is. Here all you see are big brands, blinking cars on the parkinglot and one huge building:...

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  • Super cheap and crazy fun

    This is the largest city market I have ever been to. I really do not like the market in Chichicastenango, way too many tourists, and being that I live in Guatemala I like to run down to Mercado Centro whenever I need traditional Guatemalan gifts for anyone. This market has two levels, both have tons of all the Guatemalan goodies but the bottom...

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Guatemala City Local Customs

  • Santa Semana- Parque Central

    Although most Guatemalans use this holiday as an excuse to visit the beach, there are still some major Santa Semana festivals in the city. Pretty much the whole city shuts down for 5 days and for those who do not leave, this is the only entertainment.

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  • Another use for the wheelbarrow....

    Guatemala is famous for it´s mangoes, i found this couple of young guys selling them in wheelbarrows in zone 1 (Downtown). They posed for the pictures, and i gave them a copy of the pictures (there was a Kodak store next) and they gave me with smiles and jokes a free big bag of delicious mangoes. These are the kind of things that you won´t find in...

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  • Ice cream mobile carts.

    If you are walking around Downtown, you will find a lot of people selling hand made ice creams in mobile carts, you can hear them by the sound of their bells.

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Guatemala City Warnings and Dangers

  • Antigua Guatemala - mugged on popular...

    Hi,Just wanted to alert people re Antigua Guatemala - just went through a attempted mugging on 7 agenda between Rainbow Cafe and Reily's, two of the most popular tourist bars / cafes in town. There is a dark spot about 20 metres from Rainbow Cafe where I was headed at 8.30pm, for the very busy open mic night.I didn't hear or see anything, I felt an...

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  • USE TOURIST SHUTTLES OR TAXII BOOKED BY...

    HERE IS THE STORY OF MY JAPANESE FRIEND WHO GOT ROBBED TWO DAYS AGO IN GUATEMALA CITY ON HER WAY TO THE AIRPORT IN A TAXI! a STORY TO LEARN FROM.I lost everything.I've had an taxi robbery yesterday.I had heard Guatemala City is dangerous.I thought it's ok if I take a taxi for about 10minutes to the airport.it was mistake.it was 12:00 noon.I was...

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  • GUATEMALA CITY SAFETY IMPROVING

    March 2013. Gang activity, bus driver shootings, and kidnappings are down and down a lot. Police presence is markedly improved and noticeable in the historic and commercial zonas. The army has reduced its operations from a year ago. Recognition should be given to the mayor of Guatemala and President Otto Perez Molina- a former military general for...

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Guatemala City Off The Beaten Path

  • See wild animals in the city.

    No really this might sound crazy, but the La Aurora Zoo near the airport in Guatemala City is one of the best zoos I have ever been to. It costs a mere $2.50 to get in and it is quite beautiful. Granted yes, the enclosures are small, which is very unfortunate, but the zoo has gone to great lengths to make the habitats aesthetically pleasing to the...

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  • Pacaya!

    We visited Volcan Pacaya as a side trip from Antigua, but it can just as easily be visited from Guatemala City. The giant cone-shaped and very active volcano is only 18 miles from the country's capital and if you're in decent shape, it's worth climbing to the top. If you decide to visit, arrange it with a local tour company. If you try to hike it...

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  • conveniences near Marriot Hotel.

    The Marriot is in zone 9. There is a grocery store called EconoSuper on Reforma Blvd. right behind the hotel. Go left out the doors of the hotel. Turn left at the corner and go to the next corner. On that street there is also a Japanese restaurant called Edoya run by a Japanese/American man (I remember his name as Keith) which I'm sure will have...

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  • Modern city

    Cafe Virtual, an internet place we used briefly, is just one expample of the modernity that you'll experience in Guatemala City's Zone 10. Walking around this part of town, you'll see BMW car dealerships, sushi houses and lots of posh looking people with cell phones and PDAs. Is this the real Guatemala? Well, yes and no. It shows that not all...

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  • Dinero

    If you want to cash traveller´s cheques, simply go to Banco Agromercantil.What I experienced so far, it is just theoretically possible to get money via ATM though maestro, as there ARE ATMs, but practically they seem to be very hard to find, so take traveller´s cheques with you.

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Colegio de los Infantes.
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French Lyceum.
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Civic Center Murals.
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Goat Milk?
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La Merced Church.
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Museo Ixchel & Popol Vuh
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Not everything that shines is gold
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Centro Civico
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San Miguel de Capuchines
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Plaza Espana
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Biblioteca Nacional
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National Palace
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Torre Del Reformador
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Iglesia Yurt
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Aurora Park Zoo
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Parque Oblisco
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Pasaje Rubio.
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Take crime reports with a grain of salt
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Contraloria de Cuentas Building. (Banco Nottebohn)
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Post Office Building.
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Fruit Stalls.
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Central Market. Lower Level (Farmer´s Market).
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Central Market. Upper Level ( Arts and Crafts)
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Formerly Palace Hotel Building.
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Paraninfo (Assembly Hall).
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Downtown street.
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Parque Central Fountain.
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National Palace.
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Portal del Comercio (Gate of Commerce).
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Metropolitan Cathedral.
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Be Careful in Guate
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Santa Semana
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Cathedral San Jose
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High Crime Rate
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Chicken Buses
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Plaza de la Constitution
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Quick Lunch near the Bus Station
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The National Palace
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Tica Bus
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